Stuff You Can Use: Broken Prayer Station

I am a big believer in the power of experiential learning. To this end, instead of giving a talk about prayer, I'd much rather create a series of prayer stations designed to give students the opportunity to pray in a variety of ways.

Over the next several weeks, I'll be posting some of my favorite prayer stations. Prayer stations can be used collectively during a prayer night or individually, as part of a larger lesson.

Prayer Station: Broken 

Scripture Link: Luke 19:1-10

Themes: Brokenness; Service; Compassion


- Large glass shards (from a broken jar or glass) 

- Bowl

- Sharpies 

- Poster 


In Luke 19:10, Jesus says he has come to “seek out and save the lost.”
One way of thinking about who's “lost” is to think about those who are “broken.” Broken people are those who are imperfect; Those who in some way need help. In that respect, we're all “broken”. We're all “lost”.
With that in mind, carefully take a shard of glass from a broken jar. On it, write down one way in which you're broken. Then place it in the bowl.
Look at what's written on the glass shards. Given all this brokenness, what's one practical way you can serve others, to help mend the brokenness you see present in our own community? Write this on the poster.

Download this Prayer Station as a PDF here.

Get the Jesus' Love Prayer Station here.

Get the Mirror, Mirror on the Wall Prayer Station here. 

Jen Bradbury on Youth Ministry

Jen serves as the Minister of Youth and Family at Atonement Lutheran Church in Barrington, Illinois. A veteran youth worker, Jen holds an MA in Youth Ministry Leadership from Huntington University. Jen is the author of The Jesus Gap: What Teens Actually Believe about Jesus (The Youth Cartel), The Real Jesus (The Youth Cartel), Unleashing the Hidden Potential of Your Student Leaders (Abingdon), and A Mission That Matters (Abingdon). Her writing has also appeared in YouthWorker Journal, Immerse, and The Christian Century. Jen is also the Assistant Director of Arbor Research Group where she has led many national studies. When not doing ministry or research, she and her husband, Doug, and daughter, Hope, can be found traveling and enjoying life together.

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